Presbyterian Heritage Sunday has been set aside by the General Assembly of the PC(USA) as an annual day to celebrate, reflect upon, and learn more about the long and rich history of the Presbyterian movement in America. It falls on the Sunday closest to May 21, the date of the opening of the first General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America in 1789.
The Presbyterian Historical Society supports Heritage Sunday by preparing bulletin inserts for use by congregations throughout the United States.
Communion tokens were a familiar feature of Presbyterian worship in past centuries. A day or more before a communion service, the pastor and elders questioned members of their congregation about their beliefs and behavior. Only those who showed adequate knowledge of the faith and were deemed to be living upright lives received tokens that allowed them to take communion. The use of tokens declined in the 19th century. In recent decades many churches have minted tokens as souvenirs for special celebrations and anniversary observances.
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2012 Heritage Sunday bulletin cover.
2011. "Grow Christ's Church deep and wide"
2010. "Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water"
2009. "Do justice, love kindness, walk humbly with your God"
2008. "For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them"
2007. "People will come from East and West"
2006. "From Age to Age"
2005. "Sing to the Lord a New Song"
2004. The Beginnings of "One Great Hour of Sharing"
2003. "The Earth is the Lord's and All Who Live in It": Agricultural Ministry Work in India
2002. Witness the Good News: Our Mission Heritage in Korea
2001. "Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters": Presbyterians and Social Justice